UMBC Cannot Complete Comeback, falls to Georgetown, 13-8

Brian Klukowicz is a .444 career hitter in four games against Towson
Brian Klukowicz is a .444 career hitter in four games against Towson

BALTIMORE – UMBC (9-33) pounded out 16 hits, including at least one by eight of the nine position players, but could not come all the way back against Georgetown (20-24), falling 13-8, Tuesday evening at the Baseball Factory Field.

Senior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) and freshmen Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) and Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) each recorded three hits for the Retrievers while senior Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) and junior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) also picked up multi-hit games with two hits.

UMBC started brightly as senior Matt Siggins (Marriottsville, Md./Chapelgate/Frederick CC) (1-1) sent the first three Hoya batters down in order in the top of the first.  The Retrievers then got their starter some support in the bottom of the inning, but could only get one run, settling for Klukowicz's RBI single to right center which brought around Glassman.

Georgetown capitalized on the two runners left on by plating seven runs on five hits in the top of the second while knocking Siggins out of the game.

Hoya starter Max Allen did not fare much better though, as the Retrievers tagged him for four runs in the bottom half, forcing him to exit with the bases loaded and just one down. 

After a pop up, Gilchrist started the rally with a walk and move to second on a single by freshmanJake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale).  Glassman then loaded the bases with a single through the right side and Schickner put the first dent in the Georgetown lead with an RBI single to plate Gilchrist.  Senior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) drew a walk to finish off Allen's night.

As reliever Billy Cosmopulos (1-1) entered, he was greeted with a two-RBI single to right by Klukowicz.  Cosmopulos got out of the inning by getting a strike out and a fly out, stranding two runners on base.

Cosmopulos ended up earning the win after throwing 2.2 innings and yielding just one run on four hits.

After Georgetown went down scoreless in the top of the third, the Retrievers inched within one, 7-6, as Gilchrist crushed his third homerun of the season over the left-centerfield wall.

Once again the Hoyas responded immediately, this time scoring twice in the top of the fourth to push their lead back to three, 9-6.  The seesaw matchup continued one inning later as UMBC once again got within one as Himmelstein doubled down the left field line to bring in Schickner with the second run of the frame to make the score 9-8.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Retrievers had a chance to take the lead, putting runners on first and second with one out, but stranded them there after a strikeout and a fielder's choice.

Designated hitter Christian Venditti made UMBC pay for its carelessness, homering to left center in the top of the seventh to extend the Hoya lead to two, 10-8.  Georgetown went on to score three more runs in the top of the eighth to cap the scoring.

The Retrievers outhit the Hoyas, but stranded 15 runners on base compared to just eight for the visitors.

The loss completes a nine-game home stand for UMBC in which the Black and Gold went 2-7.  The Retrievers now hit the road and return to America East play this weekend as they travel to Connecticut to take on Hartford for a four-game series beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday.

DAWG BITES

-          Georgetown won for the sixth straight time at the Baseball Factory Field and has not lost at UMBC since 2006.

-          The Retrievers are now 0-6 against teams located in Washington, D.C. (0-4 vs. Georgetown; 0-2 vs. George Washington).

-          UMBC scored eight runs on Tuesday and has now scored five or more in 17 games this season matching its total from the 2011 season.  UMBC is 8-9 in those games.

-          With 16 hits against Georgetown, the Retrievers have picked up at least ten hits in 14 games in 2012.

-          The Retrievers are now 4-6 when hitting a homerun and 1-8 when giving up a homerun.

-          UMBC pitchers struck out five batters on Tuesday and have now recorded at least one strikeout in 56 consecutive games.